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5/9/1991 (25 y, 9 m, 15 d)
$0.2M / 1 Years (2017)
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Arcia looked overmatched at times in the big leagues in 2013, but that's probably okay. On a healthy, or otherwise decent Twins team, he probably doesn't even debut until 2014. But injuries and ineffectiveness on the Twins cast the 22-year-old into nearly full-time duty despite fewer than 300 plate appearances above Hi-A entering 2013. Though he mashed at every level since signing as a 16-year-old back in 2007, and finally forced his way onto the top-100 prospect lists prior to 2013, he proved raw in the big leagues. For instance, he hit just .254/.274/.386 versus lefties, with a ghastly 36-2 strikeout to walk rate. Sometimes he'd miss pitches by feet as he was clearly fighting his way through struggles on the game's biggest stage. Through it all, Arcia posted a .322 weighted on-base average. Only four players in Twins history had better age-22 seasons by this measure: Kent Hrbek, Joe Mauer, Tom Brunansky, and Delmon Young. Outside of Young, that's a pretty solid stick to be measured by. That's better than Rod Carew's age-22 season. Tony Oliva was playing D-ball at age 22. Harmon Killebrew had a poor season in Triple-A at age 22. Kirby Puckett was in Rookie ball at age 22. None of which is to say that Arcia is destined to be some kind of legend, but he's already showed a pulse in the big leagues at age-22. That's some pretty amazing territory to be in. He could be a masher for years to come. (Brandon Warne)
The Quick Opinion:
Arcia was young and raw in 2013, and it showed. But he's mashed at every level he's played at, even if it's taken a second exposure for him to fully take root. The big leagues are a completely different animal, but it'll be interesting to see how much he's grown in the offseason. He looks to have a very good future in front of him as a hitter.
Arcia enjoyed a decent sophomore campaign in 2014, showing off his easy plus-plus raw power in the relatively difficult confines of Target Field. Though he may be a bit too pull-heavy at this point in his career, he's a safe bet for at least 20 homers with the potential for 10-15 more if he can learn how to keep his lower half from committing as early. The same change could help improve the platoon issues he has demonstrated in his young career. The contact rates are likely to stay below average for the foreseeable future, but the power still makes him a weapon at the plate capable of hitting .250-.260 with some tightening up of his approach. The recurrent nagging injuries carry the risk of sidelining Arcia for longer periods as he racks up at bats, which could conceivably sap him of his defining tool at some point. Or, he could figure out he doesn't need to swing max-effort to hit the ball out of the park and things will fall into place. It's too early to tell which path he'll take, but he's a safe bet for power and driving in runs, especially as the Twins young players develop around him and provide more opportunities. (Dan Farnsworth)
The Quick Opinion:
Arcia has some holes in his game, but still carries a profile similar to a less-refined Brandon Moss, albeit with more raw power and slightly lower contact rates. Improvements to his legs and/or plate discipline will make him one of the better pure power hitters in the game.
Arcia might have been the most disappointing player in the Twins system in 2015. After a modest start, he got hurt in early May and was sent to Triple-A Rochester to rehab. He never returned to the big leagues, as he was taken off his rehab stint and given some time in Rochester to produce and force his way back to the majors and he never did. Arcia's time in the International League was disastrous, as he hit just .199/.257/.372 while some questioned whether he thought he was above playing at Triple-A. And while that isn't untrue -- he'd posted a .962 OPS there the year before and came into 2015 a career .241/.303/.441 major league hitter -- he certainly didn't endear himself to team staff with how he carried himself. Now out of options, Arcia has a chance to crack the Twins as a fourth outfielder out of spring training, but there are no guarantees of playing time. He'll have to shape up, or be shipped out. (Brandon Warne)
The Quick Opinion:
Arcia's best bet for fantasy value is a trade out of Minnesota. Unfortunately, his play has left that market relatively dry for the Twins, who wouldn't want to sell at his absolute low. He's a defensive dud and has trouble with lefties, so there's more fantasy value here (vs righties) than in real life, it'd seem.
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Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 3:34 AM ET
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